Ducks Get Commit From 3-star Shooting Guard A.J. LaPray

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Sprague's A.J. Lapray is an absolute gunner from three-point range (Rivals.com)
Sprague’s A.J. Lapray is an absolute gunner from three-point range (Rivals.com)

Oregon received their second commitment of the 2013 class with the verbal of 3-star shooting guard A.J. Lapray.

Last season as a junior at Sprague High School in Salem, Ore., Lapray was a first team all-state performer and Central Valley co-player of the year. Lapray averaged 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 rebounds per game.

Lapray committed to Oregon after receiving offers from Oregon State, Utah and Rice. ESPN ranks the 6’5 Lapray as a top-3 recruit in the state of Oregon.

On his twitter Lapray posted:

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In an interview with Weoutthere..net, Lapray talked about what was most important for him when picking a school

“What’s important to me is that I feel comfortable with the program. My style must contribute to the team,” Lapray said.

Lapray will fit into the Ducks’ system quite nicely. While the Ducks like to get out into the open, their half court offense needs players that understand how to move around. Lapray should be the Ducks’ “glue guy”for years to come, after E.J. Singler graduates. Lapray is a flat out scorer. He can shoot the lights out of the gym using picture perfect form and a quick release. Lapray is multi-talented in the ways he can score- shooting off the dribble, moving off the ball through picks and back cuts and scoring in transition.

Lapray is a real old school player who uses great fundamentals, footwork, angles and hesitation dribbles to succeed. When watching Lapray, he shows shades of Adam Morrison at Gonzaga because of his long, rangy body and terrific shooting ability. At 200 lbs. Lapray can stand to gain 10 more lbs., but is strong enough to score in traffic.

“He’s a great kid and a hard worker. He has a love for the game of basketball—he knows what he wants and how to achieve It.,” Matt Schmidt said, Lapray’s AAU assistant coach. Lapray plays for Grass Roots Canada, one of the top AAU teams in Canada.

Along with his shooting ability, Lapray’s basketball IQ is off the charts. He is great at working off the ball and understands when and where to move within his offense. In transition, Lapray plays under control and can distribute or finish effectively. On the defensive side, Lapray is able to get into passing lanes to get steals and get out on the fast break.

Lapray plays most of his game under the rim and is not a highflyer by any standards. Some of the negatives are that he lacks lateral quickness as well as elite athleticism. Therefore, he must find other ways to score rather than just using his physical gifts. Once Lapray signs his letter of intent, the Ducks will have one more scholarship to offer in the 2013 class.

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